Qatar is a family-oriented country
where children are welcomed just about everywhere.
Families, and especially children, play an important
role in Qatari culture. Family outings are very
popular and you will see large extended family groups
picnicking outside and around the playgrounds, parks
and the Corniche area in cooler months.
activities for you and your family — the hard
part will be deciding which to try first.
Qatar may be a small country, but organized sports
are big here. Activities in Doha keep your family
active include aikido, aerobics, badminton, baseball,
basketball and bowling. Cycling is a favorite pastime
and you’ll find families peddling around the
compounds. Cross-country bikes can also be found
for sale in Doha.
of horseback riding on Arabian horses in Doha. There
are several tracks and expert facilities with breeders
in Qatar. Classes can be arranged for adults and
kids both in group settings or private sessions.
Perhaps you prefer ice skating at the City Center
Mall where you can take ice skating and hockey lessons.
Qatar has major golf. Doha hosts pristinely manicured
golf courses for your family to play and enjoy in
the cool weather months. The Qatar Master’s
Tournament is held every March on its golf course.
Lessons are available for all ages and levels.
Tennis is another
widely-played sport in Doha with most compounds
and sports clubs housing their own tennis courts.
There are several instructors to take lessons from.
World class tournaments are held annually.
Or perhaps you prefer
karate, rugby, track, squash, swimming at either
the sports clubs or your compound’s pool,
Tae Kwon Do, or volleyball. The opportunities are
For those of
you who like a little more culture and a little
less sports, you will find art and voice lessons,
music instruction and language classes. There are
dance lessons for children and teens in ballet,
ballroom or belly dancing.
The Doha Players
— an English founded large international Community
Theatre is regionally renowned for producing several
plays and musicals throughout the year where both
young and old can perform, run backstage operations
or simply enjoy as audience members.
All sorts of societies
thrive in Qatar, such as American Women’s
Association, Girl Guides and Boy Scouts. You can
join chess and film clubs or take cooking and gardening
classes. There are environmental and natural history
groups that meet regularly and plan activities as
well as photography and science clubs.
Visit the country’s
museums, including the Qatar National Museum and
the Weaponry Museum, containing centuries’
old daggers and gilt-handled swords. History buffs
will enjoy traveling outside Doha to the various
forts and towers dotting Qatar’s landscape.
Jebel Jassassiyeh features more then 900 carvings
dating back thousands of years, offering many delights
for the professional or amateur archaeologist.
Many native species,
as well as traditional zoo animals, can be seen
at the Doha Zoo. Complete with a children’s
play area, the lush green grounds of the Zoo are
ideal for picnics.
Al Bidda Park, located
opposite the Corniche, contains ornamental pools
and waterways with wooden bridges where kids can
play and visit small food and souvenir stalls. There
is an outdoor theater, children’s playground
and a half-pipe for skateboarders.
With many benches
and grassy areas to enjoy families will find much
to do together in this relaxing environment.
may be one of the most popular locations in Doha.
Stretching along Doha Bay, this grassy expanse offers
a pedestrian-only area for walking, running and
playing. With the Arabian Gulf as a backdrop, families
can enjoy a picnic or a stroll. Additionally, many
organized activities take place along the Corniche,
including parades and fireworks. During holidays
and festivals Doha residents go to the Corniche
to see the colored lights and decorations, eat local
foods and watch the extravagant fireworks displays.
Boats and ferry rides
to surrounding islands usually dock from the Corniche
and the fishing harbor is here as well. You can
take a voyage on a traditional wooden boat, called
a Dhow, to islands located in Doha Bay. There is
a short 10-minute trip to Palm Tree Island, where
you’ll find beaches, playgrounds, a quaint
restaurant and ample palm trees.
If you’ve ever
wanted to learn to sail, the Arabian Gulf is the
perfect place for your family to learn maritime
skills. With more than 700 km of coastline you can
spend the entire day with your family beachcombing
for shells and building skyscraper sandcastles.
Kids have it
good in Qatar. Most of the large shopping complexes
have entire play areas dedicated for children. These
amusement centers offer a variety of games, rides,
and activities, including Circus Land at the Landmark
Shopping Mall, Jungle Zone at Hyatt Plaza, and Toby’s
Adventureland at The Mall. Located in City Center
Doha, Winter Wonderland offers ice skating, bowling
alleys, and a water park, while X-Treme World offers
a range of rides, games, and sports.
Most of the shopping
centers have cinemas showing some of the latest
blockbuster movie releases, complete with candy,
soft drinks and popcorn. Throughout the year, Qatar
has many festivals to entertain the entire family.
Qatar Summer Wonders, in July, is filled with fun
activities, shows and events.